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Black Friday
As the biggest shopping day of the year approaches, it's important to note the Federal Government is also "shopping."
 
Boeing-Airbus Dispute Highlights Potential Government Acquisition Pitfalls
In a ruling that many US Senators are already hailing as a “landmark decision”, the WTO has effectively shaken up the commercial aircraft market landscape.
 
Cassidy Launches New Online Trailer, CASSIDY 2014
“A reminder of our history and nod to our future,” is how newly promoted Cassidy & Associates Co-Chairmen Kai Anderson and Barry Rhoads describe the firm’s new online video trailer launched this morning on the Cassidy & Associates social media platforms and its website. The trailer will be featured on the Cassidy & Associates YouTube Channel.
 
Cassidy National Security Team Releases Resource Document for America’s Defense Communities
From BRAC, to climate change and energy, our military health system, to creating and fostering effective public and private partnerships, the Cassidy & Associates National Security Team analyzes it all in its proprietary resource document after participating in the annual National Summit of The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) in Washington, D.C.
 
Cassidy Sponsors National Summit on Defense Energy Solutions
Accelerating clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD is the focus this week in Austin, TX as Cassidy & Associates is a lead sponsor of the Defense Energy Summit and Innovation Showcase.
 
Cassidy Welcomes Leading Defense Energy Expert to Team
Cassidy & Associates welcomes one of the nation’s foremost defense energy experts to its team as Col. Dave Belote, ret. USAF joins the firm as a Senior Vice President.
 
Continuing Resolution
Congress will take up a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government the week of Sept. 19th, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stated September 13th, which could prevent a government shutdown caused by Congress not passing appropriations bills by the new fiscal year
 
DoD Budget Facts
In past years a decrease in "war funding" has always led to a decrease in defense funding because war funding was part of the defense budget.
 
DoD Strategy
The Sec of Defense said the Pentagon is making “targeted changes” to weapons programs, upgrades and operations costs.
 
Energy or Climate Legislation or Both?
Congressional consideration of legislation to address our energy problems seems to be moving to the front burner again.
Tom Dennis 
Federal Purchases Will Exceed $1.2 Trillion In The Fourth Quarter Of 2011
The race to exhaust funds and execute programs will be intense in 2012. Agencies will be motivated to spend their money before it gets taken away.
 
Few Limits to 3D Printing on Earth and in Space

Late last year, Cassidy & Associates assisted in securing approval for the merger of two major 3D printing companies through the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), and since that time coverage of this topic, and the industry itself, continues to experience incredible growth.

 
Fewer Americans Leery of Drones
Results of two new polls show most Americans are okay with drones flying over their backyards whether it’s for commercial use, or for safety, or catching crooks and terrorists which makes today the time for industry to press home their benefits with the federal oversight agencies and Congress.
 
Game Time
The Federal Government has 6 months to spend a 12 month budget.
 
House Armed Services Commitee Releases Report.
March 26, the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) Panel on Business Challenges Within the Defense Industry released their report: Challenges to Doing Business with the Department of Defense.
 
If you think nothing is getting done…
Since Jan 3, 2011, the Senate has introduced 1914 bills and the House has introduced 3508 bills. 57 bills have been signed into law.
 
It’s Time to Start Planning for FY13
The military services will begin briefing combatant commanders next week on their revised five-year spending plans as the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) begins its Fiscal Year 2013 budget review.
 
Key US Enroute Air Bases, Like Gander International Airport, Need to be Maintained
Recent events in Kyrgyzstan emphasize the importance of the U.S. Air Force world-wide infrastructure.
 
Market, Market, Market
The 3 most important words to remember to be successful in building your Federal Business.
 
Opportunities Are Everywhere
You just have to know where to look. Here are 2 basic rules.
 
Opportunity
New regulations and budget cuts always lead to new business.
 
Opportunity
Gen Fraser, SOUTHCOM Commander; "I'm a combatant commander--I can always use more ISR."
 
Protecting Existing Business
With the government focused on reducing expenses it is more important than ever to focus on retaining business.
 
Reversibility and Expansibility
The act of generating needed capabilities and capacities quickly in response to operational demands in defence of our nation and its vital national interests.
 
Second Blow Dealt to Airbus in Midst of Refueling Tanker Controversy
In a recent blog post, I described the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that airline manufacturer Airbus benefitted unfairly from European Union subsidies. More recent news has broken, as the WTO has decided to delay its decision on a similar case examining whether Airbus competitor Boeing also benefitted from similar subsidies.
 
Thanksgiving

Even with the Failure of the Budget Super Committee we should be thankful...

Cuts do not take effect until 2013--giving us 13 months to prepare.

 
The Conversation on BRAC Has Begun - Cassidy Resource Document Analyzes the Debate

The likelihood of a future BRAC round was the leading topic at the opening of the National Summit of The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) as it featured two senior defense officials making the case for new BRAC authority and this excerpt from the Cassidy National Security Team's Resource Document for America’s Defense Communities takes a closer look at their remarks.

 
The Gov Doesn’t Buy What It Doesn’t Trust And It Doesn’t Trust What It’s Not Familiar With
The best way to improve sales is to sell where they know you.
 
The Insiders - Cassidy & Associates Launches New Online Magazine
This morning on LinkedIn, Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerry Cassidy helped launch a new online news magazine, the insiders, giving readers an authentic look at Washington.
 
Upcoming BRAC
On January 5, 2012, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey discussed changes in the military’s long-term plans and how the proposed changes will establish future budgeting priorities.
Susann M. Edwards 
Vacations & Guides
I am just getting back from a trip to Morocco. It was great and I saw "everything" because I hired a guide.
 
Washington’s Fight Over Helium Was No Laughing Matter
Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Kevin Binger explains how Washington averted an historic shortage of helium that jeopardized its use to cool medical equipment like MRIs and in the manufacture of LCD TVs, semiconductor chips, fiber optic cables as well as powering NASA’s rockets.
 
White Space

There are 3 ways to create White Space in business.

1. Fulfilling unmet customer needs in a current market. 2. Creating new customers and new markets. 3. Responding to shifts in market demand created by government policy and new technology.
 
Year-End Funding
There are less than 2 months left in FY12. That means Agencies are balancing their checkbooks and trying to fund last-minute projects.
 
“I’m losing $30M a year, but I can’t afford to stop paying.”
That’s a quote I recently heard from a high-level Government Executive. Yes…there are many inefficiencies out there, but who can afford to fix them in the current budget environment?
 
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